By Anna Lothson
Oak Park affirmed its support of equality for all at a recent village board meeting by declaring June "Freedom to Marry" month in the Village of Oak Park.
The proclamation approved by trustees declared that the village has "fostered a community where diversity is encouraged and celebrated its vision of a more open and equitable society."
It also states that Oak Park was the first municipality in the state to adopt a domestic partnership registry.
"Attitudes and practices of discrimination, including discrimination against gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered individuals, harm both those targeted individuals and our society by undermining our fundamental commitment to principles of fairness and equality for all," the proclamation states.
It also emphasizes the importance of allowing all people to marry, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identification — "The freedom to marry recognizes the worth of all families as marriage can strengthen families and provide the tools and security to build a life together."
In May, the village passed a proclamation related to fairness in housing for all in relation to gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered individuals.